Approaching paradox: Loving and hating mega-events

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Title
Approaching paradox: Loving and hating mega-events
Journal
Tourism Management
Author(s)
Müller M.
ISSN
0261-5177
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2017
Volume
63
Pages
234-241
Language
english
Abstract
This paper examines the role of paradoxes in research and proposes strategies of engaging with them. For this purpose, it analyses the ways in which six paradoxes are constitutive of sports mega-events such as the Olympic Games: the universalism paradox, the compliance paradox, the winner's paradox, the participation paradox, the uniqueness paradox and the passion paradox. It then develops three strategies of how researchers and practitioners can approach paradox. The first, exploration, examines the consequences and effects of the ambiguity of paradoxes. The second, differentiation, enquires into the spatio-temporal and social make-up of paradoxes. The third, reframing, recasts paradoxes by shifting theoretical perspectives. Instead of pressing to resolve paradoxes, researchers and practitioners alike should make productive use of their ambiguity.
Keywords
Critical event studies, mega-events, modernity, Olympic Games, PARADOX, World Cup
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Yes
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